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Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

It’s among the many tragedies of West Indies cricket that its managers haven’t done a good job in keeping the names, but for a few, of the region’s past, great players alive. One of those players, Seymour Nurse, died on Monday, aged 85, and perhaps...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:29 AM

The disagreement last December between the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) may have appeared to be merely a matter of interpretation of the Constitution or of popularity between the parties....

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:28 AM

I have always thought of the Caribbean and Latin America, and Europe as two sister regions, united by history, cultural and economic ties. In recent years, our cooperation has reached unprecedented levels. And today, our two regions are much...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:28 AM

No, today I am not writing about our world-class murder rate, or our high incidence of police killings. Today I write about the raging battle for the hearts and minds of the Jamaican people over discipline and sexual and personal morality. We learn...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 3:16 PM

While the decision of the commissioner of police to disband the Mobile Reserve is a bold and necessary one, I hope this is not another nine-day wonder intended to lower public anxiety and distract us while they redistribute the damaged goods...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:27 AM

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) hasn’t, we noticed, taken a public position on the Court of Arbitration for Sports’ (CAS) ruling that would require Caster Semenya, and other female athletes with her form of hyperandrogenism...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Last Friday, at the funeral for Carmen Campbell held at the Webster Memorial United Church, Courtney Campbell, son of the deceased, offered a prayer of adoration and thanksgiving. This novel prayer, in a funeral service, was a mandate from the...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:24 AM

“The last time I saw her she had a big swelling on a part of her face. She say to mi, ‘Mommy, mi nuh like miself. Save mi. Get mi wey from him’.” I have been speaking with 53-year-old Cynthia (not her real name) for about two months. She has seven...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Any realistic hopes that the scourge of praedial larceny would begin to receive even a smidgen of serious consideration were dashed during Saturday’s annual general meeting of the Coconut Industry Board at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Peter Phillips is on solid ground in his embrace of this newspaper’s call for a review of the Integrity Commission Act, but is wrong if he would limit any change to, as he seems to imply, the removal of the auditor general from membership of the...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:16 AM

It is a fact that water scarcity is becoming a more tangible threat. Climate change experts predict that within a few decades, the country will face water shortages, resulting in consequential effects that will materialise in our daily lives. Now,...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Millennials are known for valuing and seeking the advice of their peers; when it comes to parenting, there is no exception to this. The truth is, there is no manual that could ever capture the nuances involved in being a parent, nor should there...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The Universal Service Fund (USF), in 2012, replaced and assumed the mandate of the Universal Access Fund, which was set up in 2005. Today, the future of the USF is under threat. The Fund was set up to collect and manage a service levy from the...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:17 AM

In Apocrypha, our fantasy land beyond the clouds, the water-cooler topic of the day was renewed street protests and an attempted coup in regional friend Vargoilzuela. There, a half-Chinese-looking opposition politician named Wan Guava had declared...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:16 AMElizabeth Morgan/Guest Columnist

I mentioned it in my last article on the current status of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of states (ACP) –European Union (EU) post-Cotonou negotiations, and the media reported that the regional Caribbean (CARIFORUM) EU consultations were...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Measles, unfortunately, is making a comeback. The only time most Jamaicans hear the word “measles” is in relation to vaccination. Most of us have never seen anyone afflicted with the viral illness, and the reason for this is that the disease has...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:19 AM

The new Integrity Commission needs to say whether it retains confidence in its acting director of prosecutions, Dirk Harrison, and, if it does, what the commissioners see as the way forward after their bust-up over Mr Harrison’s conclusions in one...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:19 AM

That we Jamaicans have done much with the little we have been given is a gross understatement. When one compares the relatively unlimited resources of other countries, like our neighbours to the north, to our humble means, it is no wonder they...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Media reports like “Shot and killed…”, “Shot to death…”, “Drive-by shooting…”, “Triple murder…”, “Five dead by the gun…”, and “Shot and injured” come as no surprise to any of us any longer. In spite of the frequency of shootings, several don’t make...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:18 AM

(This and next week’s column will consist of excerpts from a sectoral presentation in Parliament on April 23.) My fundamental premise is that the only way to achieve high growth for the nation and the prospect of personal achievement for all is...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:23 AM

The prime minister isn’t an ordinary citizen. Not only is he reposed with tremendous power for the management of the country, but articulates national aspirations and is expected to be a symbol thereof. That is why we find it discomfiting that...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Two Saturdays ago, I enjoyed an intimate affair at the Courtleigh Hotel...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:23 AM

If the prime minister thinks that there is a national emergency and the Opposition agrees with him, then there is basis for a state of public emergency (SOPE). And if there is consensus across the aisles in the Houses of Parliament, leading to a...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Events this week took me back to ‘Monica’s War’ in August 1998. Officially, it was named ‘Operation Infinite Reach’, a set of missile strikes ordered by President Bill Clinton against suspected military bases in Sudan and Afghanistan. On the quiet...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Levels of trust among our people in the authorities remain low. For example, on a scale of 0-100, trust in the police is low, at 43.9. Four out of 10 Jamaicans believe that the police are involved in criminal activities (LAPOP 2017). Nevertheless...

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